MIP: V International Forum "Occupied Crimea: Five Years of Resistance" Held in Kyiv
On 27 February 2019, the V International Forum “Occupied Crimea: Five Years of Resistance,” organised by the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine, took place at Mystetskyi Arsenal in Kyiv.
The Forum began with opening remarks by Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroisman of Ukraine and Kurt Volker, US Special Representative for Ukraine.
The Forum comprised three panel discussions about national and international instruments of fighting for Crimea’s return, and the human rights discourse drawing attention to human rights violations in the occupied peninsula.
The first national panel, moderated by Emine Dzhaparova, First Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine, was attended by Yevhen Nyshchuk, Minister of Culture of Ukraine; Yusuf Kurkchi, First Deputy Minister of Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced People; Pavlo Khobzei, First Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine; Vasyl Bodnar, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs; Sergii Petukhov, Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine for European Integration; Refat Chubarov, Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people; Gyunduz Mamedov, Prosecutor of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea; and Rostyslav Pavlenko, Director of the National Institute for Strategic Studies.
The speakers discussed the state policy towards de-occupying Crimea and its efforts with regard to maintaining ties with Ukrainian citizens in the occupied territories.
The international panel of the Forum was moderated by Oleksandra Matviychuk, Chairwoman of the Board of the Centre for Civil Liberties, a human rights organisation. It was attended by Rebecca Harms, a MEP; Alexander Vinnikov, Head of NATO Representation to Ukraine; Rihards Kols, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Saeima of the Republic of Latvia; Emanuelis Zingeris, a member of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania; and Yağmur Ahmet Güldere, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Turkey to Ukraine. The speakers unanimously affirmed Ukraine’s territorial integrity and condemned the illegal annexation of Crimea on behalf of the European and Euro-Atlantic community.
The third panel, focussing on human rights, was moderated by the journalist Andrii Kulykov. It was attended by Fiona Frazer, Head of the UN Human Rights Mission to Ukraine; Ahtem Chyigoz, Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people; Eskender Bariev, a member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people; Darya Svyrydova, a lawyer and coordinator of the UHHRU educational programme for lawyers; Emil Kurbedinov, a Crimean lawyer and human rights activist; Tamila Tasheva, a human rights activist, co-founder of Crimea SOS; and Mykola Polozov, a Russian lawyer.